A Florida golfer had to bypass the "play it as it lies" rule when an alligator took his ball and swam away.

Marc Goldstein was playing a round at the Pelican Sound Golf Club in Estero when a nasty slice sent his ball near a pond.

He couldn’t believe what he saw and he knew no one would believe him, so he grabbed his phone to record video of his ball in the mouth of an alligator.

The video shows the gator holding the ball in its mouth – as if to taunt the golfer --- before swimming off with the souvenir.

This happened on Monday, 2/15, the day before the 25th anniversary of Happy Gilmore winning the Waterbury Open in honor of Chubbs Peterson, who had his right hand eaten by an alligator. (Happy Gilmore was released in theatres on 2/16/1996)

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